Thomas Beller is the author of two books of fiction, Seduction Theory, and The Sleep-Over Artist, and a collection of personal essays, How To Be a Man. The Sleep-Over Artist was a NY Times Notable Book, and a LA Times Best Book 2000. A former staff writer at the New Yorker Magazine and the Cambodia Daily, he is currently a contributing editor at Travel and Leisure Magazine. He founded and for twenty years co-edited Open City Magazine, and created the literary website about New York, Mrbellersneighborhood.com. He divides his time between New York and New Orleans, where he teaches writing at Tulane University.
Thomas Beller is author of the books two works of fiction, Seduction Theory, The Sleep-Over Artist, and an essay collection called How to Be A Man. He was a founder and editor of Open City Magazine, and of the literary web site devoted to New York City nonfiction, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood. He contributes regularly to Travel and Leisure Magazine, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He is currently working on a biography of J.D. Salinger, a novel, and essays. He teaches at Tulane University in New Orleans.
By Elizabeth Beller
I recently hailed friends without kids as a welcome antidote to feeling consumed with both the Mommy Wars and Generation Kid. Spending time with them is like taking a mental health day from a high stress, high stakes, high level job.
They’re coherent, they’re available. You don’t have to play the “whoever has fewer kids travels further” game when you make plans. When I’m treated to a night out with them, discussing things other than attachment parenting and Mommy and Me Zen Dance reminds me of who I was, and still am when I get a day to myself.:
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Their chats are free of parent-speak
1) They can have a conversation longer than two sentences without having to say things like, “Please take your brother out of the dishwasher, honey,” even if you can’t.
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